Charles Symons

Project Financial Manager

Charles holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance) (with Honours) degree from UCT and is a Chartered Accountant. He has financial experience across a number of industries. This includes both traditional accounting and financial management experience, as well as front office investment, financial advisory and capital markets exposure. He completed his articles with Deloitte & Touche (Deloitte). Thereafter he did a stint with Deloitte in Munich, Germany, before moving into a management accounting role at Deutsche Bank in London. Here he was responsible for consolidating the investment banking divisional results and reporting to the Board, an experience that allowed him to fully appreciate the opaque business models investment banks employ to generate their profits. He came back to South Africa and joined what later became Basileus Capital, a private equity firm. He was responsible for originating and managing a portfolio of investments and his involvement extended across the investment life cycle. He also participated in advisory work in capital raising, valuations and listings. Industry exposure included mining, construction, aquaculture and financial services. He made a number of very successful investments on behalf of the company, including Wesizwe Platinum, and also founded a number of renewable energy projects and advised on Soitec’s Touwsriver 36MW solar PV project, which succeeded in the first round of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy IPP Programme. Thereafter, he was Finance Director of ICNET SA, a healthcare company, and worked in the UK as a transactions advisor to ICNET UK.